Release Date: August 10th, 2012
Developer: Robot Entertainment
Publisher: Robot Entertainment
Platform: [Reviewed: PC]
Hero Academy, is a fresh real-time strategy game from Robot Entertainment that sets casual gaming on a high pedestal. As simple as the game’s graphics, presentation, mechanics, and style seem to be, you might mistakenly over look this game as one might not expect such a good time from a “bargain title”. However, the up front purchase is incredibly worth it and the new FREE Team Fortress 2 team certainly sweetens the pot.
So what can you expect from this fun little RTS game? First you need to imagine something along the lines of chess and then feed it steroids. The main goal of the game is simple. You must destroy your opponent’s health crystals before he/she destroys yours. You have several pawns and items to make use of in the this adventure and they are generated randomly in your inventory. Each pawn class has a special ability or multiple abilities, just like in chess. If you can master the abilities of each class, you can make your opponent resign before they know what hit them. This game will deliver many random battle scenarios and liven up the strategy factor that every RTS needs. It should also be noted that gameplay boards are also cycled between with each match you play. There is never a lack of thinking to be made on your part.
There are 5 teams to choose from in Hero Academy. At first you are given the Council and Team Fortress 2 teams for free. They both seem very well-rounded and it should be noted that each team comes with its own play style and perks. If you so decide you can purchase 3 other teams. These teams are the Dark Elves, Dwarves, and The Tribe. Each team will run you $4.99 each but as an added incentive, you get a free Team Fortress 2 item upon purchase of each pack.
What is really fun is trying to strategies against the various different teams. Often times you will meet people who use that team you encounter quite less frequently and it might shake you up. Since you can play more then 5 matches at a time, you have to always know what strategies you have planned for each opponent you are facing. It’s RTS gaming at its finest.
Hero Academy has a notable downside, however. Unless you are playing with friends, games with strangers can take an incredibly long time. Coaxing your friends into buying this game shouldn’t be too hard though, as the fun and replay ability are top notch. If you like a little board game feel in your real-time strategy game, Hero Academy is an instant go-to. If you prefer, you can also pick up this game on most of your smart phone devices. Bottom-line, you don’t need to sit this one out.
Replay ability: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5